About

Management Team

Robert is a seasoned entrepreneur having successfully launched and built three different Internet/Digital Media companies. He has a proven track record developing strong management teams, implementing corporate, financial and operating policies, and establishing important industry partnerships that helped build companies to highly profitable leadership positions. Robert is considered one of the leading experts in the virtual event industry, having been interviewed or quoted by such media outlets as ABC World News Tonight, New York Times, BusinessWeek, CBS, Fox, NBC, USA Today and The Washington Post.

Prior to PlatformQ, Robert was a co-founder of iCongo, Inc., which merged with Hybris in 2011 and was acquired by SAP earlier this year after growing to becoming the largest privately held ecommerce solutions provider. Robert was responsible for all sales, marketing, and business development activities. Robert established and managed relationships with many of the firm's key customers and partners, including The PGA of America, The National Hockey League, The Timberland Company, Callaway Golf, AOL Time Warner, IMG (International Management Group) and many others.

Robert was early advisor and served on the Board of Directors for Navic Networks, a leading addressable advertising and interactive television technology provider to the cable and direct broadcast satellite television industry. The company was acquired by Microsoft in June 2008.

Prior to iCongo and Navic Networks, Robert was Director of Corporate Finance for Primedia Inc., the business-to-business media and publishing company backed by Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts ("KKR"). During his three years with the company, Robert helped Primedia raise over $1 billion and was involved in the company's acquisition program. He was also actively involved in shaping Primedia's initial Internet business strategy.

Robert is a graduate of McGill University and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Hal Garnick is co-founder and Chairman of PlatformQ, a leading producer of online live, interactive events in medical education (PlatformQ Health) and college admissions (CollegeWeekLive). Hal is the managing partner of several real estate companies. Over the past twenty-five years, Hal and his affiliates have owned and operated over 45 commercial real estate properties in numerous communities. Mr. Garnick has had a successful track record of acquiring, financing and operating various entities. Hal is a member of the Executive Board of the Anti-Defamation League in New England and a National Commissioner of ADL, serves on the Board of Jewish Family & Children's Services, and their Strategic Planning Committee, member of the Board of Community Caring and Social Justice for CJP, and a member of the Milton Academy Parent Donors Committee. He is a former Trustee of the Rashi School as well as past Chair of Boston Children's Hospital Heart Council. Hal is a graduate of Boston University's School of Management.

For over 20 years, Chris has served as a thought leader in emerging consumer technologies - as an advisor to large and small companies, a consultant, analyst, and entrepreneur.

Prior to PlatformQ, Chris served as a Group Vice President and leader of the Marketing and Business Strategy Practice at Forrester Research, where he led a team of 65 analysts covering the impact of technology on television, music, sports, consumer devices, mobile, games, business information, newspapers, and marketing. His specific expertise focused on digital business models for media companies - online subscriptions, advertising, and commerce - as well as social computing, the growing trend of peer-to-peer applications and services like social networks, blogs, mashups, widgets, podcasting, and P2P content distribution. Over his 9 years with Forrester, he authored or edited over 100 reports and was quoted extensively by such media outlets as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Business Week, National Public Radio, and CNBC, to name a few. He has also been honored as a keynote speaker at international events such as The World Newspaper Congress and AdAsia.

Prior to joining Forrester, Chris was a product manager for Vertigo Development Group, a provider of interactive and online financial planning software. While at Vertigo, Chris managed the development of interactive products for business and financial luminaries such as stock-picker Peter Lynch and management expert Tom Peters.

Chris is also a former bond trader for Salomon Brothers (where he was part of the training class depicted in Michael Lewis' best-selling book "Liar's Poker"). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Chief Marketing Officer Erin Warren brings strategic vision to the CollegeWeekLive team, gained through notable successes at Sallie Mae and Upromise, where she built and scaled new customer acquisition and cross-sell programs to maximize customer value across Sallie Mae. Before joining CollegeWeekLive, she was VP of Channel Marketing responsible for leading all customer acquisition and cross-selling programs for Sallie Mae's consumer-facing businesses. She also led channel marketing strategies and tactical execution of those strategies for all Sallie Mae products and services, including private student loans, credit products, retail banking products, tuition payment services, and Upromise member enrollment. Before taking on the VP of Channel Marketing role at Sallie Mae, she led customer acquisition and on-boarding for the Upromise Rewards Program prior to the acquisition of that company by Sallie Mae. Her expertise spans marketing strategies, affiliate marketing, email marketing multi-channel marketing, social media marketing, and analytics. She holds an MBA from the Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College.

Fun fact: Erin is a two-time Olympian in Luge ('94 and '98), earning the highest place for women in the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

Vice President of Technology Jason DeGeorge has been managing technology and technology teams for the past 15 years at some notable technology companies in the Boston Area. Before PlatformQ, Jason served as Vice President of Engineering/Technology at Nellymoser where he managed the Engineering, Systems and IT Departments. He built Nellymoser's server team and was responsible for the technical direction and implementation architecture. Before Nellymoser, Jason served as CTO of Q2 Technologies, where he was responsible for delivering high volume, innovative solutions as well as leading the company into new technology areas. He has over 18 years of experience designing, implementing, deploying and managing multi-tiered applications in new markets. Mr. DeGeorge studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Wesleyan University, Boston University, and Harvard University. He currently holds a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in Mathematics.

Fun fact: Jason is actually a yeti who gave up his life in the Himalayan mountains to pursue a career in technology after reading the Steve Jobs biography.

Vice President of Client Services Sharon Fagan is passionate about helping clients succeed and build their presence online. She has helped clients of firms such as TechTarget and Access Media maximize results. As director of campaign management for Tech Target, she developed, mentored, and motivated the global client-facing team. During her tenure, she led the turnaround of multiple underperforming teams, dramatically improving efficiencies and reducing employee turnaround. Earlier in her career, she launched the first-ever website for the Massachusetts Attorney General. Sharon is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she majored in Criminal Justice.

Fun fact: Prior to her career in digital media, Sharon was a Probation Officer outside of Washington D.C.

Vice President of College and Consortium Partnerships Michael Garvin works closely with colleges and universities in the US and abroad, government agencies, embassies, and a variety of consortiums to support their student recruitment efforts. Focused on developing new avenues for partnerships while continuously leading the sales organization in performance, Mike is very proud to have been a part of the CollegeWeekLive team since the beginning. Prior to CollegeWeekLive, Mike held roles in Government Relations, Sales Operations, and Training at Monster.com. He holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and resides in Boston.

Fun fact: Mike still thinks he is young and enjoys running, soccer and basketball. He also volunteers his time working with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts